Last night’s council meeting

Here are my notes from last night’s meetings:

Fire Department Annual Report – In 2015, the Fire Department responded to 3,823 calls, which was a 3.44% increase over 2014. Of those calls, 74 were fires, and 2,776 were medical-related. The Department delivered to council its annual report last night. The report really drove home how elite our Department is. For instance, the average response time for calls is 4 minutes and 22 seconds. That’s just incredible. And, in those 74 fires, the Department was able to preserve 95.7% of the property value (i.e., only 4.3% of the property value was lost). This statistic speaks to the response time and the skill level of our firefighters.

School Board Lease – The School Board and Council held a joint meeting and toured City Hall, in particular the part of the building that is proposed to be leased to the School District. (I took video of the tour, which residents were able to watch live–as it happened–on my Facebook page. You can view the recording here.) After the tour, all five Board members expressed that they were unhappy with the economic terms of the lease. And a majority of the Board did not think the space was suitable for any amount of rent whatsoever. I asked Board President David Licate to come to a consensus as to whether the Board wants to move forward with additional negotiations. If not, this issue will be deep-sixed.

Next Meeting – Council will meet next on June 23.